March 28, 2013 — On March 21, 1963, the Boards of Supervisors of Fulton and Montgomery Counties approved the Charter for the College, thereby creating the 27th two-year institution in the State University system, Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FM). Annually, employees of FM celebrate the signing of this Charter with a day known as “Founders Day.” On Friday, March 22, FM kicked off Founders Day with a breakfast buffet, followed by remarks from President Swanger, along with recognition of employees who have reached milestones with their career at FM.
Employees celebrated included Lee Kosiba for 30 years of service; Patricia Battisti, Donald Boyd, James Gyldenvand, and Robert Warner for 20 years of service; Alexandra Henderson, David Morrow, and Gregg Wilbur for 10 years of service; John Armstrong, Ronald Blankenbaker, Diane Boslet, Lou Fagan, Steven Hymowech, Jolene Nethaway, Gwendolyn Ossenkop, Natacha Robeson, and Michael Youngs for 5 years of service; retirees Susan Christiano, Terry Conaway, Mary Eaton, JoAnn Hoose, and Annette Kruger.
New awards presented this year included the Futures Matter Award, the Spirit of Innovation Award, and the President’s Award. The Futures Matter Award recognizes extraordinary effort, performance, and dedication. This award was given to Cindy Close, Assistant Professor and Director of the Radiologic Technology Program. Part of Cindy’s nomination included, “Cindy continually demonstrates excellence in teaching by her superlative commitment to the success of each student in the Rad Tech Program. She augments individual learning by increasing social awareness, and inspiring community engagement.”
The Spirit of Innovation Award recognizes superior creativity and innovation. This award was given to Dan Fogarty, Admissions and Enrollment Management Assistant, and to Jolene Nethaway, Principal Account Clerk. Part of Dan’s nomination included, “Dan has worked for two years in Admissions, but in this short time he has come up with innovative ways to build relationships in an effort to grow the enrollment of the College… his creative and innovative ideas enhance the Admissions Office’s ability to stand out as a leader amongst college peers,” while Jolene’s included, “She has displayed numerous abilities beyond the scope of her position which led her supervisor to review and promote her… her professionalism and abilities to be interactive with various administrative offices has facilitated several key initiatives on campus.”
The President’s Award was presented by FM President Swanger to a person who shows commitment to community, who goes above and beyond their job duties, and portrays qualities of a leader. The award was given to Fine Arts Professor Joel Chapin.
Following the employee recognition, FM did something new this year. President Swanger and Institutional Advancement Chair Sonnet Gravina, along with a committee, recognized one of FM’s core values: community engagement. With this recognition, rather than Founders Day afternoon being one of professional development seminars on campus, the idea was to send employees off campus and into the community. Employees provided community service for local organizations including Brennan Humane Society, The Evans Library, The Horace J. Inman Senior Center, Lexington Center, Montgomery County SPCA, and Park Terrace Elementary.
At FM, we value excellence in education and teaching, student learning and scholarship, innovation, civility and integrity, caring personalized service, diversity, accessibility, quality environment, and as previously mentioned community engagement. Although each of these values can be recognized on any given day on the College’s campus, Founders Day is truly the day you can see them all come together.
Amy Radik is Coordinator of Public Relations and Marketing at FM.